Seattle, WA

Roosevelt Court, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98115
206-524-9223
seattle@tenthousandvillages.com

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 Who we are

Ten Thousand Villages in Seattle, WA, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.                                            

 

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About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages in Seattle, WA

Ten Thousand Villages in Seattle, WA, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

Ten Thousand Villages-Seattle is run in part by volunteers and has a volunteer board of directors.

1991- Ten Thousand Villages opens in Kirkland as a mission of Seattle Mennonite Church

1994- Moves from Kirkland to downtown Seattle, near the Pike Place Market

2000- Ten Thousand Villages incorporates as its own organization and moves to the Roosevelt location.

 About Coupons, Discounts and Sales

All Ten Thousand Villlages artisan partners have been fully paid. Rest assured that the coupon you use or the discount you receive at the time of purchase does not impact the artisan. Enjoy the savings!

Coupons

Join our mailing list, friend us on Facebook , buy a Chinook Book or continue to these links to receive coupons:

Komo

Hometown Values

 Bring in your SIFF movie stub for 15% off your next purchase

Discounts

Birthday Club: Join our Birthday Club and receive a coupon for 15% during your birthday month.

Buy One Get One 50% off: Equal Exchange coffee, tea, nuts and dried fruit

Coffee Club: Buy 10 bags of coffee, get 1 bag free.

 Artisan Representatives:

If you are representing an artisan group from Latin America, Asia, or Africa, you can forward your information to Ten Thousand Villages Akron. Please remember Ten Thousand Villages buys only from a limited number of new groups. You are welcome to send information about the group along with pictures or a CD of their products. DO NOT send actual samples. Artisan information should be emailed to inquiry.us@tenthousandvillages.com or send to :

Ten Thousand Villages
Purchasing, Administrative Secretary
PO Box 500
Akron, PA 17501

Consider options to creatively market produts through local retail opportunities.

  • Explore and develop local markets
  • Connect with church organizations who may be interested in hosting a sale
  • Contact other organizations who have information on fair trade and marketing .

International Fair Trade Association

Fair Trade Federation

The Crafts Center at CHF International

Volunteer

Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Seattle, WA

As a nonprofit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers.  If you are interested in being a part of the fair trade movement and have a passion for our people-driven mission and the products that we sell, join us!  We welcome highly motivated people, with a friendly attitude and a desire to help.  Many of our positions require no previous experience, and with extended store hours, we have opportunities that fit any schedule. 

This is a busy time for us and we need your help!  Please check out our Events page to view our upcoming volunteer orientations.

Please call us if you have any questions about volunteering with us, and if you submit your volunteer application @www.shiftboard.com/seattlevillages, we will reach out to you.

 

Meet Our Volunteers

Champion Team - Board Member

Be an active working member of the Seattle leadership team.  Currently, we are looking for people with Human Resources and Operations/Retail experience, and our ask is a commitment of 10-12 hours a month.


Champion Team - Event Planner

Work on a team to help us plan and execute events - fundraising, educational, volunteer recruiting, etc.  No previous experience is necessary.


Champion Team - Recruiter

After having gathered sufficient experience as a Ten Thousand Villages volunteer, lead a volunteer orientation, answer questions from prospective volunteers, and help with recruiting activities.  Our ask is that you volunteer one 2-hour shift a month.


Champion Team - Speaker

After having gathered sufficient experience with Ten Thousand Villages, talk to schools, churches, and other organizations about our mission, store, and the help that we need.  Our ask is that you give 1-2 talks per month.


Customer Team - Inventory Specialist

Use your attention to detail to help us unpack and manage our store inventory.  No previous experience is necessary, and our ask is that you volunteer 8 hours per month.


Customer Team - Offsite Sales Associate

Help us set up shop at local festivals and community gatherings.  Engage with customers and share the Ten Thousand Villages mission; help them find what they are looking for and make their purchases.  Help with site set up/take down, and inventory management.  No previous experience is necessary, and our ask is that you volunteer 8 hours per month.


Customer Team - Offsite Sales Lead

After having gathered sufficient experience as an Offsite Sales Associate, lead site set up/take down and inventory management, and mentor and support new volunteers.  Our ask is that you volunteer 8 hours per month.


Customer Team - Store Sales Associate

In our Seattle store, engage with customers and share the Ten Thousand Villages mission; help them find what they are looking for and make their purchases. During down time, help unpack inventory, and keep the store bright and tidy.  No previous experience is necessary, and our ask is that you volunteer 8 hours per month.


Customer Team - Store Sales Lead

After having gathered sufficient experience as a Store Sales Associate in our Seattle store, drive the priorities for your shifts, and mentor and support new volunteers.  Our ask is that you volunteer 8 hours per month.


Store Team - Gardener

Use your green thumb to help keep our plants healthy and vibrant.  Our ask is that you volunteer one 4-hour shift per month.


Store Team - Handy Person

Use your talents to help with repairs in the store on an as-needed basis.


Store Team - Housekeeping

Work behind the scenes to keep the store bright and tidy - dust, sweep, vacuum, and clean.  No previous experience is necessary, and we ask that you volunteer one 4-hour shift per month.


Store Team - Merchandise Specialist

Use your retail experience to help with the purchasing and visual merchandising functions within the store.  Our ask is that you volunteer one 4-hour shift per month.


Technology Team - Designer

Use your experience and creativity to help create store signage, merchandise displays, and brochures, on an as-needed basis.


Technology Team - IT Support

Use your experience to help with IT needs in the store, on an as-needed basis.


Technology Team - Web Master

Use your experience to help make updates to our store website, on an as-needed basis.

Events

Upcoming Events

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Arts and Crafts for All Ages - April 19, 2014

2:00pm to 4:00pm

After the Gigantic Community Easter Egg Hunt at Cowen Park Saturday the 19th, follow the bright pink fluffy bunny down to the Ten Thousand Villages Seattle store for arts and crafts activities with our new fabulous and artistic Events Coordinator, Molly Smith! This event is perfect for kids and will be immersive as well as creative, so participants should be sure to dress for mess! Our traditional Hatian papier mâché items will serve as inspiration. Who can resist crafting with the Easter Bunny?

While the kids are creating, parents should join the Eggstravagant deal hunt! Throughout the store will be Easter eggs hiding savings from 10%-25%! Come find some deals!

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Book Club: "The End of Poverty" - April 27, 2014

4:00pm-6:00pm

Join us for our book club! This month we are reading Jeffrey Sachs’ “The End of Poverty.”

Join us every 4th Sunday through June 22 to discuss important works on global issues!

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Book Club: Colonialism and Neocolonialism - May 25, 2014

4:00pm-6:00pm

Join us for our book club! This month we are reading Jean Paul Sartre's “Colonialism and Neocolonialism.”

Join us every 4th Sunday through June 22 to discuss important works on global issues!

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Book Club: Banker to the Poor - June 22, 2014

4:00pm-6:00pm

Join us for our book club! This month we are reading Muhammad Yunus' “Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the Battle Against World Poverty.”

Join us every 4th Sunday through June 22 to discuss important works on global issues!

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Store Hours for Ten Thousand Villages in Seattle, WA

Regular Hours

Mon-Sat: 12pm-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-7pm